Garmin Rino 650 GPS/2-Way Radio

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Garmin Rino 650 GPS/2-Way Radio -

The Rino 650 combines a 5 W FRS/GMRS radio with a 2.6'' user-friendly color touchscreen GPS. Loaded with navigation and communication features you will want on your next outing, the Rino 650 is preloaded with Worldwide DEM map and offers enhanced mapping support with TOPO 24K and BirdsEye Satellite Imaging (subscription required). Additional features include: weather radio; Premium HotFix® receiver; 3-axis compass; barometric altimeter; 1.7 GB memory; MicroSD card slot (card not included); wireless unit-to-unit data transfer. Runs up to 14 hours on lithium-ion battery pack (included).

Support and Cushioning:

  • NOAA weather radio helps you avoid hazardous weather; it supports Specific Area Message Encoding, which allows you to see National Weather Service warnings on the screen
  • Supports BirdsEye™ satellite imagery (subscription required) that lets you download satellite images and integrate them with your maps

Weather and Wind:

  • Weatherproof case keeps unit functioning in wet conditions (waterproof to lPX7 standards)


  • 2-way radio features 22 channels, 121 squelch codes, 5 watts transmitting power on GMRS, voice activation and vibration alerts
  • The Garmin Rino 650 come with a lithium ion battery pack, AC adapter cable, USB cable and carabiner clip
  • Barometric altimeter and Tilt-compensated, 3-axis electronic compass let you get your altitude and bearings without having to hold the unit level
  • Rino 650 is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device
  • With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and quad helix antenna, Rino 650 quickly finds your position and maintains it— even in heavy cover
  • Bright and colorful touch screen makes it easy to view maps and data and navigate through the Rino 650's functions
  • FRS/GMRS 2-way radio with improved audio performance makes it easy to communicate with any other FRS/GMRS radios
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery provides up to 14 hrs. of outdoor use
  • Easily add TOPO and City Navigator® maps (sold separately) with the microSD card slot
  • Garmin Rino 650 also features a hunt/fish calendar and sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset information
  • Position Reporting capability lets you send your exact location to other Rino users so they can see it on their map page
  • Send unit-to-unit text messages to other Rino users and share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin handheld devices

The Garmin Rino 650 GPS/2-way radio combines a GPS with FRS/GMRS radio, altimeter, compass and weather radio into 1 rugged and convenient unit.


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Average battery life:14 hours
Batteries:Removable battery pack
Battery type:Lithium
Color screen:Yes
Dimensions:7.5 x 2.4 x 1.8 inches
Display size:2.1 x 1.4 inches
Expandable memory:Yes
Internal memory:1.7 GB internal/expandable microSD card slot
Number of routes:200
Number of waypoints:2,000
OS compatibility:Windows / Mac
Position accuracy:3 meters
Preloaded geocaches:No
Preloaded map:None
Quad helix antenna:High-sensitivity
Screen Pixels:240 x 160
Touch screen:Yes
Visual map display:Yes
Weight:11.3 ounces
Wireless communication:Yes
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Garmin Rino 650 GPS/2-Way Radio Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Garmin Rino 650

My hunting partners and I use Rinos to communicate & keep track of each other. Being able to "poll" & locate each other is an important safety feature in the back country. When the countryside all looks the same, especially in snow or limited visibility, Rinos make finding our vehicle easy. The combined Radio & GPS is convenient.

My son needed a Rino now that he lives nearby and we hunt & bike together frequently. I had a now discontinued Rino 530 HCX, but was never really happy with the radio performance, the tiny screen, the toggle switch, multi-step drop down menus, and especially the "pan map" function. I Sold my 530 for just $50 less than the 650 net cost & bought two 650s so that we could learn them together. The more expensive 655t with built-in 100K basemap & low resolution 5MP camera didn't seem that useful.

Good decision: the 650 is much more user friendly than the 530. Easy touch screen navigation, even in light gloves. Bigger screen. Easy to find my position by hitting the back button on the Map screen. Radio function is much improved. Although not available thru REI, huntinggpsmaps 24K equivalent chip shows topo, landmarks, roads, private land boundaries & owner info, but REI carries 24K topo maps that are all that's needed for backpacking, cross country skiing, and biking. The GPS updates quickly. The compass & altimeter work well.

Some things could be better: If not too bulky, a still bigger screen (like the Montana 650) would be better. Although the carabiner is useful, for the $$, a secure belt clip, lanyard, and case should be included. A built-in 24K topo basemap would be worth a little extra. Although screen navigation is very easy, it doesn't appear that I can re-arrange the icons to put the most frequently used on the 1st screen. Time should be shown unobtrusively on all screens. The screen glass is tougher than the 530, but Gorilla Glass would eliminate the need for a case. Having said that, the 650 is the best Rino yet and highly recommended for safety, communication, and navigation all in one device.
Wily at REI on 01/01/2013

Must have if your with people outside!

This is a great product, just as good as the Garmin 60 CSX. What's better is it obtains reception quicker, it's a radio, and believe it or not, the touch screen is easier to use, than the 60 CSX buttons.

My group had different Rino models, two people had 610's, one had the older 530 Rino, and one also had the 650. All worked in-sync with one another, and gave accurate locations, as well as radio seemed to work fairly well.

The battery life is good, I would have it on all day, and it would use about 30% power from battery. That was GPS and radio usage, and occasional back light for the early mornings, and late evenings.

If you ever hike with a gps, and have had an occasion to use a radio, with others. This is a must!!! Granted the other has to have a Rino too. If you ALWAYS hike alone, and have the 60 csx. Then I would stick with that. Although this has much more memory.

It feels great in the hand, and easily used with a glove on. I used it for two weeks in a row, everyday, and I think it was a great purchase.
GoOutside at REI on 10/10/2011

Excellent Equipment

The Garmin Radios series has been a reliable and cutting edge technology for years. The new 600 series is an excellent improvement over the 500 series. I had two 500 series that were reliable and cutting edge. You can see on your GPS map where your buddies are. Individual locations are updated when transmitting. The GPS is excellent as well. I have gotten GPS signal when my friends handhelds are still searching or are not receiving anything due to tree cover. The lion batteries last 10 hours. You have the versatility of using nicad if you need to. The 600 series keeps transmitting at 5 watts- unlike the 500 series which reduced the wattage to .5 on nicad. If you know that you get what you pay for, you will not regret this purchase.
TACSarge at REI on 09/09/2011

Everything a GPS/2-way needs to be.

I've been on the market for a GPS unit for years and have had used the Etrex models and I've always wanted a GPS that had a communication feature as I'm out doing my outdoor activities (hunting). The features on the Rino 650 have really been top notch, the ease of operation was simple to understand and installing maps also was a breeze. Garmin definitely hit a home run with the introduction of the Rino line but more so with the 650, I am quite impressed with this GPS. The feature that sold me on this unit was the ability to locate other individuals who have a Rino (any model) on the GPS, knowing their location is quite vital when your out in the woods.
airmanharv08 at REI on 05/05/2013

Very Nice Device

Numerous Functions - I used quite a few, all very informative and fun to use. Quite an Upgrade - I received this as a gift from the kids. You can't go wrong with this unit. It is complex to master, but don't let that be a hindrance; the learning curve is not that steep!
Thrill Seeker at REI on 07/07/2012

Negative Reviews:

returned 2 of 3 units before one worked

I bought two units for hunting/fishing with friends; 2 units I had to return because of not charging or unit heating up; I had an additional unit shipped to me. I now only have one unit; disappointed, because when working, they are really cool for tracking each other on GPS screen and using radio. Let me know when you perfect them and I will buy another one!
alangibbs at REI on 10/10/2013